Jeff Lehman has done something few Barrie politicians have done in the city’s history: elected to a third term.
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Posted by Barrie 360 on Monday, October 22, 2018
Early numbers indicated Lehman had earned a significant portion of the vote, over 90% of Barrie voters opted for him. This, following the 2014 election where he garnered 93% of the vote.
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His sole opponent, Ram Faerber, brought in just shy of 10 per cent of the vote.
With only two locations left to report, Barrie 360 is declaring that Jeff Lehman has been re-elected as Mayor of Barrie, for a third term. He currently holds 90% of the vote, with 18/20 polling locations reporting. pic.twitter.com/bfB1GBWSMq
— Barrie 360 (@Barrie360) October 23, 2018
Lehman’s landslide victory kicks off his third term in office as Barrie’s Mayor, a feat only accomplished twice in the 20th century; Ross Archer served as Barrie’s Mayor from 1977 to 1988, Janice Laking spent twelve years in office immediately after, until 2000. No mayor had served more than one term before or since.
Elsewhere across Simcoe County, technical issues delayed results from all communities that relied on telephone or Internet voting. Results for these locations will not be released until all votes are tallied.
Communities that relied on more traditional methods of voting were able to provide results early in the evening:
Area Mayoral Winners